NFL Waiver Order: Explaining How a Team Can Pick Up Randy Moss

Elliott PohnlFeatured ColumnistNovember 1, 2010

NFL Waiver Order: Explaining How a Team Can Pick Up Randy Moss

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    The NFL waiver order could determine where and when Randy Moss lands on his feet again.

    Moss was officially placed on waivers by the Vikings Monday afternoon following a lackluster performance in their loss to the Patriots.

    His bizarre post-game press conference might have sealed his fate in Minnesota.

    Now, the NFL's 31 other teams will have the chance to make a claim on Moss and take on the final year of his contract.

    Here's a closer look at how the NFL's waiver-wire process works.

Worst Goes First

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    The NFL's waiver process is very simple.

    Prior to September 28, waiver order is determined by the records of all 32 NFL teams in the previous season.

    Since it's November, the waiver process for Moss will start with the team with the league's worst record having first dibs.

    The 0-7 Bills would get the chance to make a claim for Moss.

    By virtue of having the NFL's best record at 6-1, the Patriots would have the final chance to claim Moss.

    Don't count on a reunion in New England quite yet.

What If No Team Claims Moss?

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    Based on his baggage, big contract and declining skills, it wouldn't be completely surprising if Moss was to clear waivers.

    If he manages to clear waivers without being claimed, Moss would be free to pursue employment from any of the NFL's 32 teams.

    From a financial perspective, Moss is probably hoping a team makes a claim on his $6.4 million contract.

Let's Talk Contract

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    If any NFL team makes a claim on Moss, they will be obligated to pay the remainder of his salary this season.

    Moss is making $6.4 million this season, the final year of his contract.

    If he signs with a team as an unrestricted free agent, his salary is likely to be considerably less.

    However, the Vikings would then be responsible for paying Moss the $6.4 million owed to him from his previous contract.

    Suddenly, Moss could find himself hoping to get a chance to play for the Buffalo Bills.